The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has extended the period for public comments on the new health regulations, and he’s also gazetted limited regulations which will remain in place, at least until the comment period expires.
The new closing date for submission of comments is 5th of July 2022.
Comments must be sent only to this e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
All members of the public who submitted comments in the initial public consultation process do not need to resubmit these comments as all comments already submitted will be considered as part of this process.
The regulations that remain in place:
- With regards to wearing a face mask, a person must, when entering and being inside an indoor public place, wear a face mask.
- No person may use any form of public transport unless wearing a face mask.
- For any indoor and outdoor gatherings, a maximum of 50% of the venue capacity may be occupied provided that every attendee must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce a valid vaccination certificate.
- Alternatively, attendees must produce a valid negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours prior to the date of the gathering.
- If complying with this indoor gathering requirement is not possible, then attendance shall be limited to 1000 people or 50% of the capacity, whichever is smaller, while the attendance at an outdoor gathering shall be limited to 2000 people or 50% of the capacity, whichever is smaller.
- All international travellers arriving at South African Ports of Entry must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce a valid vaccination certificate; or produce a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours before the date of departure.
- Alternatively, travellers have another option of producing a valid negative antigen COVID-19 test result performed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory obtained not older than 48 hours before the date of departure.
- In a case where an international traveller is unable to produce a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test result obtained at least 48 hours prior departure, then he/she must undergo antigen testing at the Port of Entry.
- If the person tests positive for COVID-19 in the antigen test, the traveller will still be admitted into the country but, if the traveller is experiencing symptoms of COVID19, they must self-isolate a period of ten days after admission into South Africa.
- However, the vaccination or testing requirement is not applicable to travellers who are under the age of 12 years and daily commuters from neighbouring countries.
Edit: Earlier the Department stated in error that school children don’t have to wear masks indoors. Learners must continue wearing masks in classes.
To view the full regulations click HERE.